by Jeremy Plonk
October 13, 2020
We canvass the 1/ST BET statistical database each week to bring you up to speed with racing at Santa Anita. Check back weekly for statistical trends and tidbits for premier racing in Southern California. And be sure to support Santa Anita by betting with 1/ST BET, the official betting app of Santa Anita.
1/ST BET is offering a ‘Free Shot’ at the new Golden Hour Pick 4 this Friday through Sunday, connecting the final 2 races daily at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields. Your first $10, win or lose, will be refunded when you play the wager on the 1/ST BET app … Santa Anita has a Rainbow 6 carryover heading into Friday’s return to action of $364,454 … Turf sophomores are in the spotlight this weekend with Saturday’s Grade 3 Autumn Miss for the fillies and Sunday’s Grade 2 Twilight Derby.
The Stronach 5 paid $256 last week to 411 tickets, thanks to a trio of odds-on favorites and a pair of 4-1 shots. The Oct. 16 Stronach 5 will be comprised of the following races (beginning at 3:58 pm Eastern):
Leg A – Gulfstream Park West Race 8
Leg B – Laurel Park Race 7
Leg C – Laurel Park Race 8
Leg D – Santa Anita Race 3
Leg E – Golden Gate Race 3
1/ST BET Top Factors Last Week:
Horseplayers using the 1/ST BET app saw the most success with these 3 of the 52 handicapping filters for Santa Anita last week, each winning 24% or more. Class factors were key this past week, including Lifetime Earnings huge showing with 46% wins.
Average Speed Last 3
Trends Last Week
--After a slow start to the meet by his standards, trainer Doug O’Neill’s barn picked up steam last week with an 11: 3-2-1 mark. Longshot winners at $42 and $22 pushed his ROI to a giant $3.13 for every $1 bet. O’Neill was 5: 2-2-0 with turf sprinters on the week.
--Trainer John Sadler also might have turned the slump corner with a 15: 3-5-1 record, including 10: 3-3-0 when paired with Umberto Rispoli. Sadler had been mired in a 2-for-24 run over the previous month.
--Trainer Phil D’Amato went 8: 3-0-2 with a couple of odds-on favorites and a 4-1 shot in the winner’s circle. All of D’Amato’s action came on the turf.
--Trainer Sal Gonzalez was 2-for-3 in limited tries with extreme winners – a $3.80 favorite and a $56.20 bomber, both in dirt sprint races.
--Jockey Juan Hernandez had his best week in Southern California with a 26: 8-2-6 record
--Jockey Mario Gutierrez went 9: 3-1-1 last week, including a $22 winner for Doug O’Neill. All but 2 of his mounts came on turf.